ASIA MEDICAL TOURISM
Asia is one of the most sought-after land for medical care. Medical tourism in Asia is thriving because of the low cost for high quality healthcare delivered by doctors and surgeons trained and/or educated in the top institutes in US and Europe. Health providers in Asia offer facilities that are state-of-the-art and comparable or superior in every respect to what is available in the most developed countries of the world.
Medical care available in Asia ranges from minor treatments to major surgeries. Examples include heart bypass surgery, spine fusion, hip and knee replacements, lap band, LASIK operation, plastic and cosmetic surgery, cancer therapies, preventive care, wellness treatments, and much much more.
Healthbase works with the leading providers in Asia to bring you cost-effective health care. Here`s a summary of the Asian countries that offer medical travel services.
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MEDICAL TOURISM IN INDIA
Apollo Hospitals Group
The first Indian hospital to receive the Joint Commission International (JCI) USA accreditation, the gold-standard in hospital certifications worldwide. Apollo Hospitals Group is the largest private health care group in India. Apollo Hospitals have over 10,000 beds across 43 hospitals in India and overseas including New Delhi, Chennai (Madras), Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Kolkata (Calcutta). Apollo Hospitals Group has collaboration with Johns Hopkins Medicine International.
Its centers of excellence include:
- Centre of Cardiology and Cardio Thoracic Surgery
- Centre of Medical and Surgical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
- Centre of Nephrology and Urology
- Centre of Oncology
- Centre of Orthopaedics and Joint Replacement Surgery
- Centre of Hand and Micro Surgery
- Centre of Neurology and Neurosurgery
- Critical Care Medicine (Critical Care Unit or CCU)
- Centre of Cosmetic Surgery (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery)
- Centre of Reproductive Medicine (Centre for Assisted Reproduction)
Wockhardt Hospitals Group
Wockhardt Hospitals Group has established a chain of super specialty hospitals in Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Nagpur. Wockhardt Hospitals is associated with Harvard Medical International (HMI), USA. As associate hospitals of HMI in India, Wockhardt Hospitals benefit from the extensive learning and experience of Harvard Medical School and its affiliated institutions worldwide and strive to bring to its patients the benefits of global standards in technology and clinical expertise. Wockhardt Hospitals, Mumbai, has become the first superspecialty hospital in South Asia to achieve accreditation from Joint Commission International (JCI), USA.
Escorts Heart Institute and Research Center
Escorts Heart Institute and Research Center (EHIRC), an ISO 9001 institute, has a total of 164 critical care beds to provide intensive care to patients after surgery or angioplasty, emergency admissions or other patients needing highly specialized management. The hospital is backed by the most advanced laboratories performing complete range of investigative tests in the field of Nuclear Medicine, Radiology, Bio-chemistry, Haemotology, Transfusion Medicine and Microbiology. The centre has performed over 9756 angiographies, 2707 coronary interventions, 5519 cardiac surgeries (3214 CABG, 563 valve replacements, 765 congenital, 977 other heart surgeries) in 2005.
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MEDICAL TOURISM IN SINGAPORE
Raffles Hospital is an ISO 9001 institute with US/UK trained specialists. Raffles Hospital in Singapore is a 380-bed, tertiary care private hospital offering a full range of specialist, medical and diagnostic services spanning across 35 disciplines. Its 16 specialist centres meet a wide variety of medical needs such as obstetrics and gynaecology, cardiology, oncology and orthopaedics. Care is delivered using the most advanced medical technology. The rooms at Raffles Hospital are outfitted to the standards of five-star hotels, with an array of suites, single, double, four and even six-bed rooms for patients to choose from.
National Heart Center Singapore (NHC)
National Heart Centre Singapore is a designated national center for cardiovascular medicine in Singapore and sees over 85,000 outpatients yearly. It performed 2,056 angioplasty procedures, 577 CABG procedures and 304 pacing procedures in 2005. National Heart Center Singpaore is the first heart center outside the United States to be JCI accredited (Joint Commission International accredited).
Parkway Health Group
The Parkway Group is at the forefront of healthcare provision in Asia. Backed by close to 50 years of experience in hospital development, management and operations, ParkwayHealth provides quality care to patients through a full range of health care services. Parkway`s 1,500 medical specialists deliver the most advanced treatment across 40 specialties. ParkwayHealth also operates over 45 International Patient Assistance Centres across the globe, bringing quality, integrated healthcare to patients wherever they may be. Parkway Group provides care through 4 hospitals in Singapore. They are:
- Mount Elizabeth Hospital
- Gleneagles Hospital
- East Shore Hospital
- ParkwayHealth Day Surgery and Medical Centre
Clinical programs at ParkwayHealth include:
- Heart and Vascular
- Musculoskeletal (Orthopaedics)
- Primary Care and Chronic Disease Management
- Transplant and Cellular Therapy
- Women and Children
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MEDICAL TOURISM IN THAILAND
Piyavate Hospital is an international hospital in Bangkok accredited by the International Standards Organization ISO 9001-2000. The hospital staff comprises both American Board and Thai Board Certified in every specialty field, supported by highly qualified registered nurses, technicians and adminstrative personnel. Piyavate Hospital provides medical services using modern technology and state-of-the-art equipment. Its several centers of excellence include:
- Perfect Heart Institute
- Bone and Joint Institute
- Perfect Woman Institute
- Aesthetic Surgery Institute
- Cancer Center
- Neuroscience Center
- Advanced Dental Institute
Bangkok Hospital Group Medical Center (BMC)
With its four hospitals and broad range of specialized clinics, Bangkok Hospital Medical Centre is fully equipped with all diagnostic and treatment facilities. BMC is a Joint Commission International accredited (JCI accredited) hospital and is known throughout the world for delivering world-class, award-winning healthcare. It is also the first private hospital in Thailand to receive the ISO 9002 and 9001:2000 accreditation. Some of the highlights of Bangkok Hospital Medical Center are:
- Bangkok Hospital (BGH) is the primary facility for internal medicine, pediatrics and general surgery.
- Bangkok International Hospital (BIH) is the first hospital in Thailand developed exclusively for international patients, and is designed to address all the cultural and linguistic considerations while providing a full range of amenities expected of a world-class multicultural institution.
- Bangkok Heart Hospital (BHT) is the only dedicated private heart hospital in Thailand and is regarded as one of the finest cardiac facilities in the country. BHT has treated more than 40,000 cardiac outpatients and performed more than 1,100 heart surgeries since opening its doors in 2005.
- Wattanosoth Cancer Hospital (WSH) is the first private cancer hospital in Thailand.
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MEDICAL TOURISM IN THE PHILIPPINES
The Medical City (TMC), Manila, Philippines
The Medical City (TMC) is a private, tertiary care hospital now in its fourth decade of existence. TMC offers diagnostic and treatment services that address a broad range of diseases utilizing state-of-the-art technology such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and cardiac catheterization and interventional services among others. This is made possible through the Clinical Departments (including their various subspecialties) of Medicine, Surgery, Anesthesiology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Obstetric-Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Psychiatry and Rehabilitation Medicine, as well as diagnostic and intervention units such as Clinical Laboratories, Diagnostic Radiology and Radiotherapy, Nuclear Medicine, Acute Stroke Unit and Intensice Care Unit.
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MEDICAL TOURISM IN TURKEY
Anadolu Medical Center (AMC)
Anadolu Medical Center is a not-for-profit multi-specialty medical service provider in Turkey. It offers treatments in oncology, cardiology, ophthalmology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, nephrology, dermatology and neurology amongst others. Anadolu serves patients from over 40 countries. 35% of its physicians are board certified in the United States. Being JCI accredited, AMC has state-of-the-art health care facilities and technology along with advanced transportation and communication systems.
Acibadem Healthcare Group
Acibadem Healthcare Group is a network of hospitals, medical centers, and other healthcare-oriented companies that offers diagnostics and treatment units in all fields of medicine providing quality healthcare services with state-of-the-art technology since 1991. Acibadem offers extensive healthcare services with over 7,000 employees including 1,580 physicians, through a network of 27 different locations including 9 hospitals, 7 medical centers, one central laboratory, one ophthalmology center, a genetic diagnosis center, a central pathology laboratory and several branches.
Acibadem Healthcare Group is Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited, has a partnership with Harvard Medical International (HMI) since 2003, and now extended the partnership to `Acibadem University`, and uses European Foundation Quality Management (EFQM) excellence model to strengthen organizational approach.
Through its International Patient Center, Acibadem provides complete services for international patients visiting its hospitals from countries outside Turkey. The Center is comprised of international experts that speak several languages including English, Russian, Spanish, Balkan languages, Kyrgys among several others to help international patients.
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MEDICAL TOURISM IN SOUTH KOREA
Wooridul Spine Hospital (WSH)
Wooridul Spine Hospital is one of the largest privately owned spine specialized hospitals in Korea. Following its inception in the city of Busan in 1982, Wooridul Spine Hospital has taken great strides and established other spine care hospitals in the cities of Seoul, Gimpo Airport and Daegu.
WSH is rapidly becoming recognized as one of the world`s leading authorities in spine care and treatment. With over 17,000 cases being performed annually among 3 centers (Seoul, Busan and Gimpo Airport), WSH is the largest spine health care group in Asia. W.S.H. has over 108 Spine Specialists, over 600 beds, 48 operation rooms among 4 centers (Seoul, Busan, Gimpo Airport and Daegu). Throughout Asia, Wooridul Spine Hospital has become recognized as a center of excellence in research for minimally invasive and endoscopic spine surgery techniques with over 100 clinical papers published to date.
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MEDICAL TOURISM IN MALAYSIA
Malaysia has considerable ambitions and resources to develop itself as a medical tourism hub. It is well-placed, as the country has excellent hospitals, English is widely spoken, and many staff have been trained to a high level in the US / UK. There is a highly active Association for Private Hospitals of Malaysia working to develop medical tourism.
The Malaysia government is also taking measures towards making Malaysia the leader in alternative medicine as well as in medical tourism. Penang is leading medical tourism in Malaysia and Langkawi is following suit. Malaysian hospitals offer affordable medical, dental and cosmetic surgeries at a fraction of the cost compared to the US and UK.
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